The Toronto Maple Leafs reveal reverse retro jerseys

It’s been a grueling three days seeing other NHL teams release (part of) their reverse retro jerseys, but finally, the Maple Leafs have shown off theirs:

Details from the past. Remixed for the future.
adidas #ReverseRetro coming soon
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) November 15, 2020

We didn’t get much other than the 1970 Maple Leafs logo on the shoulder. But at least it’s something to be excited about, right?
It’s not yet known when the Maple Leafs will release the full jersey, or even put it for sale. This is the first (sort of alternate) jersey released since 2017 unless they only use these once which would be like the Winter Classic, Stadium Series, and Centennial Classic jerseys.
Also, the reactions from fans are pretty sweet:

there goes my money
— bea (@xoxbea) November 15, 2020

My money too, Bea.

my bank account says no but my heart says yes
— alyssa (@lysstori_) November 15, 2020

A lot of people are saying their bank accounts will be dry after this purchase.

how does Martin Marincin on the back sound?
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) November 15, 2020

Oh, how did that get there?

— Mason Carr (@masoncarr5) November 15, 2020

Even BB8 …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

MLBTR projects salaries for the Blue Jays’ three arbitration-eligible players

The Blue Jays have three players eligible for arbitration this year.

Teoscar Hernandez, coming off of a breakout performance, will be arb-eligible for the first time in his career, Ross Stripling, who the team acquired mid-season from Los Angeles, will be arb-eligible for the second time in his career, and veteran Travis Shaw is set for one more round of arbitration before his Major League control years are finished.
This year’s arbitration awards are obviously much more difficult to difficult tp project as the 2020 season was only 60 games long due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, MLB Trade Rumours has come up with three different methods of making projections…
This winter, those involved in the process do not know how arbitration will account for the 60-game season, nor is there an agreement in place between MLB and the MLBPA on how to address it.  Many cases may end up getting resolved in a hearing room.  To reflect that uncertainty, we’re providing three projections for each player:

Method 1: Applies model directly with actual statistics from this 60-game season.
Method 2: Extrapolates all counting stats to would-be 162-game totals. One home run becomes 2.7 home runs.
Method 3: For non-first-time eligibles, finds …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Rating the three new Toronto Raptors jersey for upcoming season

The Toronto Raptors have finally revealed three out of five new jerseys they’ll be wearing in the upcoming season. It felt like just yesterday that the Toronto Raptors said they were going for a new look. Many were of the opinion that they’d bring back the beloved purple back into their color scheme. But the […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ

What to expect from Joseph Woll this summer

After three successful seasons as Boston College’s number one goalie, Joseph Woll turned pro after the conclusion of his Junior year in College. The 2019-20 season was Woll’s first taste of professional hockey. Ultimately, Woll’s season at a glance was far from ideal, but has provided the foundation for him to build upon as he tries to make his way to the NHL.
By the numbers

Not the greatest statistical line for Woll but context is key for him. Woll entered this season as the back-up to Kasimir Kaskisuo. When Kaskisuo went down late in the season, Woll was handed the starters gig. Woll played a lot of games down the stretch as head coach Greg Moore had no one else to turn to. The Marlies were also not very good this season, finishing near the bottom in their division.
What we’ve seen so far
Woll kicked off his pro career with a 23-save shutout against the Manitoba Moose. From there his season was like roller coaster ride, lots of ups and downs, peaks and valleys. Some of the lows include giving up seven and eight goals against to Charlotte in January …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

NHL History: Toronto Maple Leafs draft Timothy Liljegren

It was three years ago today that the Toronto Maple Leafs drafted defenceman Timothy Liljegren.

Taken in the 1st round, he came to North America right away and has seen most of his time spent with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
And there, his game has begun to blossom. In 127 games he’s scored nine goals and 62 points. This past season, he got his first stint in the NHL playing 11 games scoring one assist.
The 2019-20 campaign was truly the breakout season. In 40 games, he notched 25 assists and 30 points in only 40 games and it’s a great sign of what’s to come for Toronto.
And come whenever the 2020-21 season gets underway, Liljegren will be given every chance to make it in the NHL.
Marlies GM Laurence Gilman gave him a glowing review in May:
“I believe Timothy Liljegren is ready to become an NHL player, whatever level that’s going to be. I will be surprised if he doesn’t play in the top seven or eight with the Toronto Maple Leafs next year — but he’s gotta hold up his end of the bargain.
“I’m …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Blue Jays Draft Update: Zach Britton signs under-slot deal while C.J. Van Eyk and Trent Palmer sign over-slot deals

The Blue Jays have now signed three of their five draft picks as pitchers C.J. Van Eyk and Trent Palmer along with outfielder Zach Britton have agreed to deals. First-round pick Austin Martin and fourth-round pick Nick Frasso have yet to sign.

Second-round pick Van Eyk’s signing bonus is $1.8 million, slightly over the recommended slot value of $1,771,100.
Third-round pick Plamer’s signing bonus is $850,000, again slightly above the recommended slot value of $805,600.
Fifth-round pick Britton’s signing bonus is $97,500, well below the recommended slot value of $410,100.
Total: $2,747,500 in bonuses have been allocated to three picks with a combined recommended slot value of $2,986,800. The Blue Jays so far are $239,300 under slot. 

The Blue Jays have a bonus pool of $9,716,500. If a team goes over that pool by 5 to 10 percent, they must pay a 100 percent tax on the excess and will lose their next first-round pick. That means that the Jays can exceed the $9,716,500 figure by about $485,000 without losing a draft pick.
The recommended value for Martin, who was drafted with the fifth-overall pick, is $6,180,700, but Martin was expecting to go higher in the draft, so he’ll more than likely command a signing bonus …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Round Three of Leafs Madness!!!

It’s Round Three Time, and Round Two saw some significant names disappear. Tavares, Kessel, Kaberle, Vaive, and Armstrong, all gone. Today is going to see even bigger names disappear. And it’s not going to get easier.
Here’s the story so far:

Today’s Matchups:

Your Grandpa’s Leafs Region
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 25, 2020
Hard to imagine that Bower isn’t still the easy choice here, but some of you irrationally hate goaltenders.

Your Grandpa’s Leafs Region
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 25, 2020
Keon vs. Horton will be interesting, but Keon still seems like a cut above and the Bower vs. Keon matchup seems predestined.

The Darkest Timeline Region
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 25, 2020
This should be one of the toughest matchups of the tournament, but Salming’s legacy seems to be lost on some.

The Darkest Timeline Region
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 25, 2020
This seems like an impossible matchup for Lanny, but the battle of the moustaches is pretty great.

False Hope Region
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) March 25, 2020
Felix has had tough matchups the entire way through, this will probably be his last …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

The CHL season has been cancelled

Unsurprisingly, all three leagues in the CHL (OHL, WHL, and QMJHL) have announced over the past couple of days that they’ll be pulling the plug on the 2019-20 regular season. Whether the playoffs and Memorial Cup end up also being cancelled is up in the air.

“In the interest of the safety of our players, officials, staff, fans and the general public, it’s been agreed that the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season is the proper course of action to take at this time,” David Branch OHL commissioner said.
A couple of top Leafs prospects will be affected here. 2019 second-round pick Nick Robertson and 2018 third-round pick Semyon Der-Arguchintsev, the two leading scorers of the Peterborough Petes will see their seasons come to an end.
Der-Arguchintsev has likely played his last game in the OHL as he’ll be able to turn pro next season. Robertson can play another season in the OHL, but could also have a legitimate shot at cracking the Leafs’ roster in 2020-21. Robertson finishes the season as the OHL’s goal-scoring champion, racking up 55 goals in just 46 games.
In the QMJHL, 2019 fourth-round pick Mikhail …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

Grades from Toronto Raptors’ tight victory vs Sacramento Kings

The Toronto Raptors made it three wins in a row as they knocked off the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. How did everyone grade in the win? After a rough start to their west coast road trip, the Toronto Raptors are rolling with three straight wins after knocking off the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Have injuries finally caught up to the Toronto Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors have lost three straight games for the first time since Dec. 8. With that in mind, do we believe injuries have finally caught up to the defending champs? Up to this point in the season, the Toronto Raptors have continually surprised not only their fans but also basketball fans in general with […]
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Author: Jordan Skuse / Raptors HQ